Worth the Effort: Ayden’s Story by Kai Strand
Series: Worth the Effort
Self Published by the author on August 1, 2014
Genres: Love, Romance
Pages: 87 : Kindle edition
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review
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Seventeen-year-old Ayden Worth shouldn’t have to seek peace of mind in the streets. But as family pressures mount, his anxieties increase, and he turns his back on comfort for a life in homeless camps and back alleys.
Then one fateful day he runs into the only person he ever wanted to know better. Ella Jones. His memories paint her as kind and undemanding, and it seems the years haven’t changed her. Her simple expectations draw him to her. Against all odds, a relationship buds and grows.
Yet, as Ayden repairs his life, Ella suggests he help others who also struggle. Will Ella turn out to be just like his dad, expecting more from him than he can give? Or will he prove that he is worth the effort?
This book is so much more than the synopsis makes it seem! I love this second novella in the Worth the Effort series! Reading from Ayden’s point of view was so cool! Especially since it continues the story further and we get to see more of what he’s been up too.
Ayden himself has got to be one of my all-time favorite characters. He’s so…real. He has issues and insecurities and deals with them in such a real way that makes you think that he could just walk off the pages of the book (I wish! He sounds so handsome!). I really love how this story tackles harder issues of life, even in a numbered of pages. The reader goes through so many emotions with Ayden that you can’t help but feel for him the entire time.
Also, having Ella along with him is also awesome since I loved her character in Worth the Effort: Ella’s Story. I guess what I’m trying to say overall is I literally cannot say enough good things about this series, its characters, and Kai Strand’s writing styles and plots. I look forward to seeing a lot more good things from her!
(I also LOVE this cover! It’s so dark and brooding and really fits the mood of Ayden and the story he tells)